While beet carving is one of the most sensual art forms, the chances of becoming permanently stained beet red are too great. Today's Groupon offers the opportunity to safely paint and finally commit your favorite bowl of lug nuts to canvas. For $24, you get a two-hour introductory lesson in painting or drawing from the Santa Monica–based Paint Lab, a $40 value. This deal also includes a 9x12 canvas ($8 value), all other necessary supplies, and all the leftover paint you can eat. Paint Lab holds classes every day except Friday and twice each Saturday and Sunday. Classes are subject to availability, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
Your Groupon entitles you to instruction in one of nine disciplines: oil painting, acrylic painting, abstract acrylic painting, plein-air (outdoor) painting, watercolor painting, introductory drawing, figure drawing, photo transfers (allowing you to create a painting from a photo), and dog portraiture. In outdoor painting, you'll set up an easel on the beach and attempt to convey the beauty of the surf or Matthew McConaughey jogging. The Paint Labs' experienced teachers and professional artists will adroitly coax out the shy artist shambling within you, instilling self-confidence and the liberation of self-expression.
With a Paint Lab lesson, the studio is assembled for you—which means no mess, no cleanup, and no obligation to live like a destitute artist in a moldy loft at the corner of Moldy Avenue and Loft Street. A painting is a great way to say thanks to your perpetually nude neighbor, and a full-sized self-portrait makes a great alternative to a wallet-sized professional headshot.
- Staring at a blank canvas was overwhelming and scary. I had no idea what to do, so I just dipped my brush and started painting colored dots...and then more colored dots...and then I was inspired to go all Jackson Pollack and started splatting black and white paint all over my colored dots (and my clothes!) My painting turned out really well. I think the wine certainly helped. – Julie E., Yelp
- Your inner artist is feeling a bit ignored; it told me so after your last Law and Order marathon binge. You have abandoned your creative urge and forgotten how necessary a little paint is to your overall well-being. Luckily, there is a place for people like you¬—introducing PAINT:LAB. – Santa Monica Mirror
- It's a great place, with a great staff!! – Mel, ParentsConnect
Surrounded by walls tacked with sunny works of art, rows of easels prop up paintings in progress, their evolving canvases commanding the attention of aspiring artists. This scene plays out every day at Paint Lab, a creative haven where talented instructors ignite pupils' imaginations with positive encouragement. The studio's classes teach the technical elements of acrylic, watercolor, or oil painting while students craft their own rendition of a classic work, capture the human form in figure-drawing sessions, or turn their pen toward anime and cartoons. Adults pique their artistic sensibilities with liquid inspiration during classes that provide refreshments and cheese, and younger Picassos can pay homage to their favorite lunchbox by painting it in battle dress during after-school or weekend children's workshops.